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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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Address: 35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
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The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of...

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Check out the exhibit on Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, the Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, the live Reef Cam, and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. The Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is always free (and so is parking), so be sure to stop by for a visit!

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Exhibiting the nature of the Keys

The center exhibits ecosystems of the Keys. Some of the exhibits are interactive and provide lots of details. It can be reached by walking even though it is a bit further away... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The center exhibits ecosystems of the Keys. Some of the exhibits are interactive and provide lots of details. It can be reached by walking even though it is a bit further away from the downtown area.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is "off the beaten path" but a very well-done display of the ecosystem of the Florida Keys. I was impressed with the efforts to rebuild stag horn coral. It is air conditioned and free to the public.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a sweet spot to visit for kids and adults alike. We visited several times while we lived in the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This facility provides a movie and very extensive and clear displays which explain the types and importance of the reefs and everglades in southern Florida. The 3-D excursion is a particularly fine way to view and appreciate this area's underwater flora and fauna.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in here off of a trolley tour because it was free and looked neat. It was a cute little educational place with lots of informative exhibits and some interesting marine tanks. Was a bit boring for two younger adults - but I could definitely see it being great for a family visit - especially with kids!

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Petoskey, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to learn about the Keys and the water eco-system. The 3-Dr film is fun for adults and children alike. Actually feel like you are swimming underwater. Lots of interactive displays. Like the fact there is a Ranger that you can talk with and is able to answer questions. No cost involved, but they do accept donations. Highly recommend... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stop by the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and check out what they have to offer. It is an interesting and informative stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great stop & it's free! Nice aquariums & exhibits to learn about the Florida keys ecosystems. Knowledgeable volunteers. Nice for a rainy day or to get out of the sun & heat for awhile & have a good time. Nice location by cruise ships & city shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this shortly after 9:00am opening. A thorough and informative exhibit of lots of flora and animal life in the keys. This is a great place to learn and enjoy. There's a 20 minute film that enhances this experience. Good for the whole family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place for all ages! Free! They have a few rooms with the eco life of the keys. They have a small aquarium and a theater that made you fell you were swimming with the fishes 🐠🐟🐬🦈. The gift shop had some great things for divers and kid books that were different. The 3-D presentation was cool. I... More 

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